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Planet Money
2:59 am
Fri June 1, 2012

A Front-Row Seat At A Bank Run

Petros Giannakouris ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 9:04 am

A decade ago, investors thought Greece would flourish on the euro. Money poured in, and banks started lending it out. Thefilos Papacostakis, a bank teller at Alpha Bank in Thessaloniki, got to hand out a lot of that money.

Last month, Thefilos says, his bosses called him in for a meeting. They told him things were about to get worse. When countries are in this kind of trouble, the bosses said, people panic and pull their money out of banks.

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NPR Story
12:03 am
Fri June 1, 2012

The Creative Process

Thomas Edison once said, "Genius is 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration." In this episode, we take a closer look at where that one percent comes from.
Nat Al-Tahhan for TED2012

How are we inspired? How do we get from an initial inkling of idea to a fully formed work of art? It's often challenging to describe the creative process. In this hour we'll hear from some TED speakers — a poet, a novelist, and a singer/songwriter — who explore their craft and the daily challenge of nurturing creativity.

Movie Interviews
12:03 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Andrew Garfield, Disappearing Into Spidey's Suit

Andrew Garfield plays Peter Parker and his superheroic alter ego in The Amazing Spider-Man, Marvel Comics' reboot of the popular superhero film franchise, in theaters July 3.
Sony Pictures

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 9:04 am

Andrew Garfield is an actor on the verge of superstardom — and he's only 28 years old.

Although Garfield may be best known to American audiences for playing Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin in The Social Network, Garfield started acting in England, where he grew up. There, Garfield made notable turns in the critically acclaimed Red Riding Trilogy as well as in Never Let Me Go, based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.

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Ask Me Another
11:46 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Meghan McCain: A Grand Old Puzzle Party

Meghan McCain sits down for an interview with Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY.
Eric Nuzum NPR

Originally published on Fri December 21, 2012 3:21 pm

Meghan McCain approaches her life as a political darling with a sense of humor that's anything but conservative. The self-proclaimed "black sheep of the Republican Party" joins Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg for a chat about family puzzle nights with her famous father, U.S. Senator John McCain, and who among them is most competitive. She also gives us the lowdown on her new book--America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom--written alongside comedian Michael Ian Black.

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Games & Humor
10:45 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Bring Us To Your Party

Take Ask Me Another to your next party with this downloadable party game.
NPR

Originally published on Wed December 19, 2012 5:45 pm

We could easily introduce this game by saying it's one of our staff favorites. But we could introduce just about every game that way, so please just note that is implied. This week we're offering you the chance to play host of NPR's Ask Me Another and quiz your friends with games we've run on the show. We'll provide the questions and answers; you provide the trivia party. Note: Try this at your next dinner party as an aperitif.

A 1960S GUIDE TO ETIQUETTE

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The Two-Way
6:57 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

LIVE BLOG: The National Bee Casts Its Spell

Sam Lowery, of Charlestown, Mass., spells his word in the air during Round 2 of the National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., on Wednesday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 6:45 am

Snigdha Nandipati, 14, of San Diego has been crowned the champion in the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Her winning word was "guetapens," a French-derived word for "an ambush, snare or trap."

A very calm Snigdha beat eight other finalists, including her last competitor, Stuti Mishra, 14, of West Melbourne, Fla. Stuti got tripped up on the word "schwarmerei."

The winner got $30,000 in cash, a trophy, a $2,500 savings bond, a $5,000 scholarship, $2,600 in reference works from the Encyclopedia Britannica and an online language course.

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It's All Politics
6:48 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

John Edwards' Might've Walked But Trial Still A Warning For Politicians

Former Democratic U.S. Sen. John Edwards (center) and his daughter Cate Edwards leave the federal court Thursday.
Sara D. Davis Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 1, 2012 6:48 pm

With a not guilty verdict on one count and the jury deadlocked on five others, it appears John Edwards' federal trial on campaign-finance charges ended with a whimper, certainly from the Justice Department's point of view.

At first blush, it can be argued that how the trial of the former U.S. senator from North Carolina ended may do little to deter politicians. They'll still be able to go forward and rake in money from supporters and, with some sleight of hand, spend that cash on practically anything.

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This Is NPR
6:21 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Judy Blume Loves NPR

Melissa Kuypers NPR

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 1:24 pm

Author Judy Blume popped over to NPR West in April to talk with Here and Now host Robin Young about 40 years of Fudge, the now-iconic character from her book Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.

"I wouldn't do it if it wasn't true!" she said about joining the 'I Heart NPR' campaign.

The Two-Way
6:00 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Brian Banks, Who Was Cleared Of Rape Conviction, Will Get Shot At NFL Tryout

A tear of relief: Brian Banks after his rape conviction was dismissed Thursday.
Nick Ut AP

Earlier this month, we told you the story of Brian Banks, who served five years in prison and then five years probation for a rape conviction that was thrown out.

As Mark wrote, he had to endure the "shame of being a registered sex offender and "not being able to get a job." And he thought his dream of playing in NFL was destroyed.

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A Blog Supreme
5:52 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Jack DeJohnette: 70 Years Of Propulsive, Percussive Mastery

Jack DeJohnette.
Courtesy of the artist

It's turning out to be a great year for jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette.

In January, he was named an NEA Jazz Master for lifetime achievement. He began celebrating his 70th birthday early — it's August 9 — by going on a short performance tour this month with his old friends, Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke. The celebration continues this summer, as he tours Europe with the Keith Jarrett trio. As if that's not enough, he also released one of the best albums of the year in any genre, Sound Travels.

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